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Hampered by outdated systems and infrastructure in need of repair, the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has found a friend in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The forward-thinking governor this week announced his $10 billion plan to redevelop the JFK Airport, the nation’s fifth-busiest aviation facility.

The state of New York is pouring big money into making its central territory an international draw for unmanned aerial system (UAS) innovation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Nov. 10 that $30 million in public funds would be applied toward the creation of a 50-mile-long research corridor to aid in the development of a UAS traffic management system and bolster the state's standing as an innovation hub.

One of the nation’s most powerful economic engines is sputtering.

With record-breaking airline traffic data recorded throughout the country, many airports are being forced to expand, upgrade and remodel. Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) estimates that the funding needed to complete capital development projects at airports for the next five year in the U.S. tops $75.7 billion, or $15.1 billion per year. Commercial airports account for $62.2 billion, or 82.1 percent, of that total.

If you're a fan of all things aeronautics, then you might want to try your hands at a Smart airport hackathon called #hackDub taking place at Dublin Airport this April.

Learn about DOT's Smart City Challenge, where the winning city can secure up to $40 million in funding to connect transportation assets into an interactive network.

Big-city airports aren't just massive travel hubs today; they're also evolving into critical nodes of the 24/7 global economy - creating jobs, connecting workers and suppliers, and building infrastructure. Their enlarged role is seeding communities in the way that maritime ports once defined landmark shipping destinations such as Hong Kong, Hamburg and Rotterdam.

Tourism industry professionals all want to be ‘China Ready’ and enjoy a slice of the world’s largest outbound tourism market - we read about Chinese tourists, we hire experts, we even go to China on study tours to better understand the unique needs of this market. This is all well and good, but what about resources closer to home that can be just as helpful?

 

Atlanta area transit agency MARTA is on the verge of approving a contract to install cell phone and Wi-Fi access in all of its stations and tunnels. Once the contract is let, a six-month pilot project would start in January 2016 at the Five Points, Peachtree Center and Georgia Dome/Georgia World Congress Center stations, as well as within a tunnel that connects them.

Cities must treat platforms like Airbnb as partners in finding new regulatory solutions, rather than casting them as the problem.

It wasn't that long ago that designing the travel experience was the responsibility of the travel facilitators themselves, but the widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets over the last eight years has created vast opportunities for technology giants in the travel sphere.

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